On Thursday, we went to a beer tasting event held by Pint Jockeys.
I’m not too familiar with the group and it’s origins, I do know that every third Thursday of the month though, you can go to one of three Texas cities and attend a two hour event to get free samples of beer.
The beer is usually seasonal, which is kind of nice, there’s 6 types to try which is nice, because while most seasonal and craft beers run around 10 bucks a 6 pack, you kind of want to know what you’re getting into before you commit. It’s kind of like speed dating only even a bad beer will get ya drunk…. maybe.
So here is a listing of the 6 beers, you get 6 rickets so that’s convenient and a nice little glass you get to keep most of the time, this session however they had plastic cups, I think hat’s because they had a sponsor attending this time.
Since it also fell on St. Patricks Day, they also had a local restaurant serving Shepard’s Pie. Which, I was not expecting, usually they serve some sort of finger food to compliment what you are drinking, but in this case, the food was really hearty and good.
The two winners of the night were the Karbach Here Comes The Sun and the Woodchuck Day Chaser Dry Cider.Both of these came out flavorful and I used my two extra tickets getting repeats of them since I didn’t try the IPAs. That’s because I don’t drink IPAs… I try them from time to time just to make sure I’m not crazy, but then I go write back to my dislike of them.
I guess it started when I noticed the trend years back. I was willing to put up with an extra bitter and hoppy beer because sometimes in life, when you try a beer it’s like taking a chance and talking to that cute goth girl in a laundromat… You may end up having an unexpected pleasant evening, or you may wake up naked wrapped in a shower curtain. (don’t ask that’s another story for another blog)
I went on a brewery hop tour in Austin a while back (should have blogged that one) and was sorely disappointed at how many breweries did not have a simply drinkable beer.One brewery in the 6 we went to that day had a decent porter, one had a great stout, none had a decent pils or lager… but every one of them had, you guessed it… an IPA.
And since it was Austin, (and let’s face it they may be the fastest growing city in Texas, but that just means they have more pretentious people) we laughed at these people trying the latest Mosaic IPA trying to really chat about how complex and great it is, all the while suppressing awful twisted up faces from basically drinking flavored bleach.
And I think that’s the problem for me.These beers are like the emperor’s clothes of beer. People are afraid to disagree with beer snobs for fear they won’t be told they don’t know anything about beer, when in reality taste is taste and maybe some people actually want a drinkable lager with a smooth finish and not have their throat locked up. I mean, isn’t beer supposed to be refreshing? IPAs have become so popular, such a trend, that even though there may be a unicorn that is balanced, the majority of them are bitter and leave a bad taste in your mouth like an old ex who set your car on fire.
And let’s face it, I kind of like my car…